Dr. Margaret Sawires, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Dr. Sawires earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. Beyond that, she achieved post-doctoral specialization in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center. She has over a decade of experience serving the San Diego community. She's worked with very diverse populations, in various clinical settings, including inpatient hospital facilities, crisis homes, out-patient clinics, school counseling centers, and private practice. Outside of her clinical work, she is a supervisor for her staff, remains active serving as a mentor for budding, psychologists-in-training, as an occasional instructor, and a board member for continued education. While Dr. Sawires specializes in Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic psychotherapy, she utilizes modalities to fit the needs of each of her patients uniquely.
Tina Tram, M.A.
Registered Psychological Assistant,*
Tina Tram is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (AIU), San Diego. She has worked in clinical settings as a clinician, program evaluator, and coordinator. Her experience has ranged from dual diagnosis outpatient facilities, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, working with active duty service members, as well as the underserved Asian population of San Diego, at the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC). She has completed an APA internship at Wellspan Philhaven CBT in York, PA, where she primarily worked with adolescents and adults in behavioral medicine and community behavioral health. Previously, she has served as a clinical researcher at UCSD and statistics tutor for her fellow graduate students at AIU. She has considerable training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Humanistic, Relational, and Trauma-Focused therapies. She is a recent graduate of the Fellowship program at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, where she deepened her skills even further. Her approach is sincere and comprehensive, taking into account a combination of factors including biological, psychological, and sociocultural issues that may impact the struggles her patients face. She is able to provide services in Vietnamese. Tina’s expected completion of her Ph.D. is Summer of 2020.
Dr. Jessica Garcia, Psy.D.
Registered Psychological Assistant,*
Dr. Garcia earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. The experience she has gained over the last decade has been both broad and eclectic. She has worked as part of an interdisciplinary team at various settings, ranging from UCSD hospital, school districts, trauma-focused clinics, rehabilitation centers, as well as private practice. While her training has been vast, she predominantly champions modalities that are holistic and contribute to a vibrant life of both mental and physical wellness. Her clinical experience has been in the realms of both treatment and assessments, working effectively with adolescents, adults, with an emphasis on members of the U.S. Military and their families. Dr. Garcia has proficiency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as Trauma-Focused therapies. Dr. Garcia is also a current Fellow at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, where she plans to expand her skills even further. Her style is integrative, diligent, and highly strength-based. She is also able to offer services in Spanish.
*Registered Psychological Assistant: This is a term designated for clinicians advanced in their clinical training, but who are not yet licensed and able to provide services independently. They are working towards their final requirements for licensure, are supervised by Dr. Margaret Sawires directly, and are employees of her independent practice. They have been thoroughly screened and registered through the Board of Psychology for this position.